| The Top 50 Social Media Blogs Of The Year
Trying to keep on top of the ever-changing world of social media? Whether you are a marketer, developer, technologist, industry insider, or simply a news lover, this is the list for you. We've put together the top 50 social media blogs for the year that you should check out. These bloggers will help you stay on top of the latest trends and will entertain you in the process. we selected the blogs by
grouping them into different categories that our small business owners would find valuable. Then we went out to find the blogs we felt were most relevant to entrepreneurs and had a high degree of authority as judged through various tools like technorati, alexa, rss readership, and compete.
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Mashable is the world's largest blog on Web 2.0 and social networking. Mashable is also one of the most prolific blogs reviewing new websites and services, publishing 20 or more articles per day including news and features. Readers include developers, bloggers, journalists, VCs and social networking users themselves.
2) Chris Brogan
Chris Brogan explores the use of social media and social networking tools, as well as helping individuals work smarter. He uses social media and technology to help build digital relationships for businesses, organizations, and individuals. He has merged his experience in technology with his passion for social media, such that he’s showing organizations how to use these tools inside the firewall, as well as to build authentic conversations between coworkers, customers, and even competitors.
RotorBlog.com was founded in May 2006 by Maris Dagis in order to provide the latest Web 2.0 news and startup reviews, later focusing on social networks and online communications. Reaching 100k readers monthly it has became one of the most popular sources of information for people using the Internet to communicate.
4) The Social Networking Weblog
For all you social networking addicts out there and for those of you who just like to dabble, The Social Networking Weblog is the place to learn about meeting people online, staying safe while you do it and just plain having fun.
5) Network Weaving
Smart Networks are networks of people that encourage innovation, collaboration and learning. Smart Networks are created by Network Weavers, people who facilitate new connections and increase the quality of those connections. June Holley, Valdis Krebs and Jack Ricchiuto are a team of independent networked consultants who help organizations and communities grow and prosper by weaving Smart Networks. Know the net, Knit the net, Repeat.
6) Instigator Blog
The Instigator Blog is all about instigating discussion, ideas and better business. Focused on social media, entrepreneurship, small business, marketing and technology, with a heavy dose of humor, Instigator offers startup insight to entrepreneurs.
7) Social Media
J.D. Lasica presents this news site and podcast about social media, Web 2.0, democratic media and the revolution in user-created content. It track news about Facebook and other social networks and Web 2.0 sites. Social Media has been named by various sources as the #1 site covering the social Web today.
8) Tom Raftery's Social Media Blog
Tom Raftery is a renowned podcaster and blogger from Ireland. He first fell in love with computers while studying for a PhD in 1991, which led him to set up his own software company. Since then, he has immersed himself in the world of Social Software acting as a Social Media consultant. This blog shares Tom’s experiences and advice for others.
9) PR 2.0
Brian Solis is Principal of an award-winning PR and New Media agency in Silicon Valley. He is among the original thought leaders who paved the way for Social Media. In PR 2.0, he blogs about the convergence of social media, PR, web marketing, and technology.
10) Social Media Club
Social Media Club is a community for the champions of Social Media and those seeking to learn. It was founded by Chris Heuer for the purpose of sharing best practices, establishing ethics and standards, and promoting media literacy around the emerging area of Social Media. It is the beginning of a global conversation about building an organization and a community where the many diverse groups of people who care about social media can come together to discover, connect, share, and learn.
ViperChill is a blog started by Glen Allsopp in 2006 at the age of only 16. Up until recently, the blog was simply a resource that built the awareness of the ViperChill brand. Now, after working as a Social Media Manager for some of the biggest companies in the world, Allsopp uses his blog to share his personal experiences that have helped build some of the most competitive search rankings in the world and make his clients millions from their online campaigns.
In Groundswell, two of Forrester Research's top analysts show you how to turn the force of customers connecting online to your own advantage. Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff show how leading companies are gaining insights, generating revenues, saving money, and energizing their own customers.
Hoping to learn how to take advantage of communities, blogs, wikis, Facebook, or YouTube? They've got lots of examples with proof they work.
13) Social Media Blog
In this easy-to-read Social Media Blog maintained by Michael Brito, you can find articles about online marketing, search engine optimization, blogging, community management, and software.
14) The Blog Herald
The Blog Herald was founded by Duncan Riley in March 2003 as a premium source of blog and blogging related news for bloggers. It was the first blog dedicated exclusively to the news of the blogosphere and remains the longest (and largest) standing resource of its kind.
15) B.L. Ochman's Weblog
What new media and blog marketing opportunities are you missing? What are the most effective marketing tools you can use now and which ones are a waste of money? These are the questions that B.L. Ochman's Weblog helps you to answer.
16) The Buzz Bin
Social Networks. Blogs. Crowdsourcing. Wikis. It’s a new wave of communications. Communications junkies will love this blog for its news posts about social media and everything else buzz-worthy, coming from one of the Washington area’s most experienced independent social media public relations firm.
17) Neville Hobson
Neville Hobson is a communicator, blogger and podcaster based in the UK whose frequently updated blog is the place at the intersection of business, communication and technology. Sometimes, as he says, it's a collision.
18) Leveraging Ideas
Leveraging Ideas offers thoughts on early stage investing, the internet and entrepreneurial culture told from the perspective of a startup founder. Read by the smartest people on the web since 2006. Leveraging Ideas is about just that - leveraging raw ideas into sexy, profitable companies and opportunities.
901am is a blog that covers new media news, the web, and blogging. Its current roster of bloggers include Leo Blanco, Cristina Ledesma,and Dennis Bouchand, veterans in the field of new media.
20) Conversation Agent
For Valeria Maltoni, it has become increasingly clear that the new marketplace has
become a conversation. One where content producers, delivery channels,
and customers define the future of work and the creation of meaning. This blog further explores that idea.
Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang
As a Web Strategist Jeremiah Owyang strives to define and deliver user and community needs, business goals, and web technology to craft and deliver long term successful web programs for companies. The focus of this career blog is to discuss how web tools enable companies to connect with customers.
22) Paul Gillin's Blog
Paul Gillin's Blog is a running commentary on how social media and open-source software are changing the business world.
Home to an expanding network of some of the sector’s most notable and insightful commentators, Corante recognized early the impact blogging would have on the media landscape and has built a brand trusted by technology’s top thinkers and doers. For many of them, Many-to-Many is a primary port of call for staying ahead of the news and cited often by readers for tipping them off to ideas and industry developments weeks and even months before they hit mainstream sources.
Social Media and Marketing
24) Dosh Dosh
Internet Marketing and Social Media at its best, Dosh Dosh is a blog about making money online, about what works and what doens't. Exposing fraudulent scams, Dosh Dosh aims to be the largest online repository of legitimate profit initiatives.
25) Pronet Advertising
Neil Patel’s blog boasts informative, fun-to-read posts about the various marketing strategies that can be implemented through social media, blogging, and search engine optimization. Patel has become one the biggest authorities on social media in the past twelve months.
26) Online Marketing Blog
Online Marketing Blog provides daily insights, resources and information on a range of internet marketing strategies and tactics including: Search engine optimization, Marketing and branding with social media, Blog marketing, Online public relations.
27) Micro Persuasion
Steve Rubel is a digital marketer with over 15 years experience. He currently serves as SVP, Director of Insights for Edelman Digital, a division of Edelman - the world's largest independent PR firm. In his blog, Micro Persuasion, Rubel explores how technology is transforming marketing, media and public relations
28) Six Pixels of Separation
When Google wanted to explain online marketing to the top retailers in the United States, they brought Mitch Joel to the Googleplex in Mountain View, California. Marketing Magazine dubbed him the, “Rock Star of Digital Marketing” and in 2006 he was named one of the most influential authorities on Blog Marketing in the world. Joel's blog doles out marketing, advertising and communications insights with a focus on digital marketing, brand democratization, social media and everything next.
Techipedia.com is Tamar Weinberg's personal blog, where she journeys through technology news that interests her with her own personal spin. By blogging, Weinberg is able to combine her first love of writing with a love of the Internet, social networks, and technology.
10e20 is a New York-based Internet marketing and web solutions company that was founded in 2001 in Brooklyn, NY by Chris Winfield and Danielle Lanzillo. 10e20 also maintains this blog offering a unique perspective on SEO, social media marketing, design, programming and being successful in today's new media world.
31) Influential Marketing Blog
Not purely SMO, but Rohit is the person who first defined social media optimization. This blog serves as Rohit's reflections on creating compelling marketing, advertising and public relations online.
32) Diva Marketing Blog
Toby Bloomberg says Diva Marketing is a state of mind. It's an approach to marketing that’s fun, bold and savvy, but always strategically aligned with your brand’s objective. In this blog, Bloomberg offers corporate social media strategies for innovative companies.
33) The Viral Garden
Mack Collier is a social media consultant, and author of The Viral Garden, a blog focusing on marketing and social media. Known for his ‘community-first’ approach to blogging and social media, Mack focuses on teaching companies how they can use social media to excite and engage their customers, as well as better understand and market to them.
34) The Social Media Marketng Blog
Scott Monty offers his perspectives on the implications of social media - the convergence of marketing, advertising and PR on the Web - for marketers, agencies, the enterprise and individuals.
A self-proclaimed "PR guy since 1992", Todd Defren's PR-Squared blog has been going strong since 2004. In it, Defren examines different conversations about social media and marketing. After all, as he says, it may be the future but you still gotta eat it.
36) Todd And = Marketing + Media
Todd Andrlik is a guy who is passionate about PR and marketing. This blog is his outlet for random personal thoughts and discoveries about the very serious but often comical crossroads of marketing and media. Todd And is ranked in many global blog lists and, at its peak, was among the top 50 marketing blogs in the world, according to the Power 150.
37) Like it Matters
Brian Oberkirch is a marketing consultant focused on social media and product/service development. Like It Matters is his personal blog where he writes about social media, community-based marketing and technologies that revolve around relevance.
The experience is the marketing. Experiencecurve is written by Karl Long with that truism in mind and explores social media, viral persuasion, marketing, and co-creation.
Blogging for Business
39) The Business of Blogging and New Media
Chrisg.com is where Chris posts daily (or thereabouts) thoughts and advice on the business of new media, blogging and online marketing. The aim is to teach you ways you can create compelling resources, provide your audience more value, build trust and loyalty, and generate more rewards for yourself.
40) BlogWrite for CEOs
Debbie Weil, author of "The Corporate Blogging Book: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know to Get it Right," writes about social media and corporate, CEO, and executive blogging.
Mike Sansone is the author of Converstations and an independent business consultant specializing in business blogs and conversational copywriting. As a Conversation Conductor, Sansone's blog focuses on changing how companies talk with their customers - using business blogs as conversation stations.
42) Bloggers Blog
Bloggers Blog reports on blogging news and trends. For an in-depth look at the latest happenings of this ever-changing industry, Bloggers Blog is your source.
43) Alister Cameron
Alister Cameron is a 30-something designer, marketer and blog consultant who turns offline experts into expert bloggers. Alister offers advice, stories and wisdom from the frontline of professional blogging, social media and search engine marketing.
44) Business Blog Consulting
Business Blog Consulting is a site devoted to demonstrating how effective weblogs can be for communicating with customers and marketing to new customer prospects. You will find here lots of examples of business and corporate blogs, as well as resources to help you learn more about the topic.
45) Strange Attractor
Strange Attractor is a blog that seeks to pick out patterns in the chaos that is the blogosphere. It is written by husband and wife team Suw Charman-Anderson and Kevin Anderson, two veterans of the online world.
Social Media and Technology
Technosailor boasts a large and growing readership and is a highly influential blog in the new media, technology and social media circles.
47) The Social Web
Steve O'Hear, author of The Social Web, is a London-based consultant, educator, and journalist, focusing on the Internet and all aspects of digital technology. He advises businesses and not-for-profit organisations on how to exploit the collaborative and publishing opportunities offered by the Web.
48) Somewhat Frank
Somewhat Frank - the blogosphere’s must-read tech-talk written by Frank Gruber - presents candid and timely perspectives on how web 2.0 and technology fuse into everyday life. Running the gamut from the latest reports on emerging Web 2.0 applications to exciting updates in the social media movement, Somewhat Frank makes the fast-paced world of technology both accessible and fun.
49) Smart Mobs
Smart mobs emerge when communication and computing technologies amplify human talents for cooperation. Howard Rheingold, author of Smar Mobs, is one of the world's foremost authorities on the social implications of technology. Over the past twenty years he has traveled around the world, observing and writing about emerging trends in computing, communications, and culture.
50) The FASTForward Blog
This site is a companion blog to the FASTforward conference and summit series. The blog, like the conference series, aims to drive and deepen conversation about how today’s companies can use technology to place users in control of information, and is home to ongoing discussion about the user revolution and Enterprise 2.0 opportunities and challenges
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